We have been fortunate with the condo we have been staying in during our stay here in Singapore. We are at the bottom of a hill called Mount Faber (OK, by Singapore standards, a mountain), which contains Mount Faber Park. Our balcony gazes out on an edge of the the park, which is tropical forest. By U.S. standards, Mount Faber National Park is more on par with a large city park in the U.S. than the large reserved natural areas we think of as national parks. With that in mind, the presence of restaurants, manicured garden plantings, and concrete walkways found in Mount Faber Park is not out of place. It's crowning attraction is the terminus for a cabled tramway that links Mount Faber with Sentosa Island, a major tourist center and resort. Mount Faber provides a wonderful vista out across Sentosa, and into the Singapore Strait to the southwest, and downtown Singapore to the southeast.
The park links via a greenbelt and sky walks with several other parks along the Southern Ridge. It is a great area, and is well utilized. Busloads of tourists are brought up to the peak in the evening (that part isn't so great-- it's a narrow road, past our condo) for the view, and it is a popular place for people to exercise-- runners, cyclists. A little trivia-- it is also the location of one of three Merlion statues in Singapore. Do you
Elaine and I have been making a routine of vigorous walks up and through the park in the evenings . The temperatures are most tolerable for this kind of thing from 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM, just prior to sunset. This is also when you see many others with the same idea in mind.
On one evening last week during a walk (Elaine is traveling) it was apparently 'Nature Night' along the route. It seemed the animals were out, and uncharacteristically quite bold. I heard and saw several varieties of birds, and the macaques were visible, and particularly brazen on this evening. The weather was also very pleasant, with milder temperatures and a light breeze. The lighting was perfect. With these unusual conditions, I enjoyed the outing, and snapped a few photos with the cell phone. This was one of my longer outings, about 5 to 6 Km by my estimates. Here are the photos from my Walk In the Park.
|The reference coin is a Singapore 20 cent piece (21mm diameter), a little smaller than a U.S. quarter.|
|Singapore sunset-- looking northeast from Mount Faber. Downtown Singapore is off picture to the right.|
|Danish Seaman's Church-(see the better photo in the link)- This is my favorite historic building in Singapore, and is located in Mount Faber Park-- it was built in 1909 by Thomas Knox Leonowen, who was in the hardwood trade business (Louis T. Leonowens Ltd, still in business). Thomas was the grandson of Anna Leonowen (Louis T. her son), made famous in the fictional account of her time in Thailand, Anna and the King of Siam. It is now a Danish church, founded for serving Danish seamen and other ex patriots away from their native land.|